We have all had mouth ulcers, which is known as aphthous ulceration.
Aphthous ulcers are typically recurrent round or oval sores or ulcers inside the mouth on areas where the skin is not tightly bound to the underlying bone, such as on the inside of the lips and cheeks or underneath the tongue. This is a very common condition but the causes of why ulcers form in the mouth is unknown.
Recent study in the The Journal of Laryngology & Otology / Volume 128 / Issue 06 / June 2014, pp 531-533 indicates low zinc levels can increase the risk of oral ulceration. Patients who showed low levels in zinc in their blood stream often had recurrent aphthous ulceration.
Zinc is an “essential trace element”, is naturally present in some foods, added to others, and available as a dietary supplement. More than 85% of total body zinc is found in skeletal muscle and bone (King & Keen 1999).
Zinc’s has numerous health benefits such as:
1. Regulating immune function:
Zinc plays a vital role in protein synthesis and helps regulate the cell production in the immune system of the human body.
2. Wound healing:
Zinc helps maintain the integrity of the skin and mucous membranes.
The Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) for zinc is 8 milligrams per day for adult females and 11 milligrams per day for adult males. Zinc is widely distributed in foods. Meats, fish and poultry add the greatest amounts of zinc to the diet but cereals and dairy foods also contribute substantial amounts.
A balanced diet can often provide the zinc you need, but if you’re considering a zinc supplement you can visit our Naturopath Narelle Costantino for a quick Zinc test to determine if you are zinc deficient. Call 9590 0055 or visit our Mulgrave dental clinic to be one step closer to wellness.